Emergency Network Design – Saving Lives by Saving Power

Hadaad, Nabeel and Pitsillides, Andreas and Kolios, Panayiotis and Addie, Ronald G. and Kuras, Alan (2016) Emergency Network Design – Saving Lives by Saving Power. In: 26th International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (ITNAC), 7-9 Dec 2016, Dunedin, New Zealand.


Abstract

In disasters and emergencies severity of trauma and loss of life can be reduced by more effective communication between emergency workers, volunteers, and survivors. Typically, almost all of these parties will hold mobile phones (in addition to special purpose wireless communication devices, in the case of emergency workers), which are likely to be used intensively to seek and to provide aid to those in need. However, the utility of mobile phones may be limited by battery life. The usefulness of these mobile phones can therefore be enhanced by extending battery life. One way to extend battery life is to introduce a duty cycle, i.e. a pattern of use where the phone is alternately sleeping and active. It is shown below that under some broad assumptions about the type of emergency, it is best to introduce such a duty cycle straight away, and to start with quite short sleep cycles, which increase exponentially, but with a relatively slow rate of growth of the sleep cycle duration. Simulation experiments are conducted below which demonstrate the effectiveness of this strategy.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 Jul 2013 - 5 Sep 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 Jul 2013 - 5 Sep 2019)
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 07:46
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2020 23:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile phone battery life; battery sleep cycles; emergency communication
Fields of Research (2008): 10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100503 Computer Communications Networks
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ATNAC.2016.7878775
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35615

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